Essence and Nostalgia of North Kolkata
The British arrived much later and established their base thus the city started to expand and made way for palatial mansions and edifices removing jungle and marshes. That portion is North Kolkata comprising of areas like Sutanuti (modern day Sovabazar), Jorasanko, Maniktala, Burrabazar, Chitpore, College Street, Shyambazar and Belgachia.
Old Mansions of North KolkataNorth Kolkata flourished during its nascent stages of the city’s birth and reached its peak during the British Raj. This part was considered a posh area where the noblemen of class and caste used to reside, i.e. the Zamindars or landed gentry who settled in Kolkata and earned hordes of wealth by doing business with the British.
In those days Durga Puja was a grand festival and these noble families used to celebrate it with grandeur and though the glitter has diminished, travel companies still conduct tours during Durga Puja (still held in these household premises) to the old houses in North Kolkata. F
North Kolkata was also famous for housing personalities and great thinkers like Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda and Girish Ghosh.
Jorasanko Thakurbari comes alive on the poet’s birth anniversary every year organizing day long cultural programmes whereas morning marches and processions are organized from Vivekanda’s birthplace on his birthday every year drawing crowds in thousands to North Kolkata.
Gastronomical Delights of North KolkataNorth Kolkata is also immensely popular for its sweetmeats, Mishti Doi (curd) and syrupy delights like K.C Das’s Rosogolla, Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Nandi’s nolen gurer korapak sondesh or mishti, Sen Mahasay ‘s special sweetmeats, Deshbandhu sweets and many more.
Lastly visiting the bathing ghats along the Hooghly riverfront is must during this visit as well as Nimtala Burning Ghat which is the biggest burning Ghat in Kolkata and houses a cenotaph where Rabindranath Tagore was cremated.
Other attractions of North Kolkata are Coffee House, Thanthania Kali Mandir and Parasnath Jain Temple. Hence if you visit Kolkata, your trip will be incomplete without a trip down North.